Happy New Year! Take an "inside-out" approach to 2016.

NSR Celebrating 10 Years_
Rebuilding Lives Through Structure, Community & Self-worth 

A Day in the Mountains
A Word from Our Founder
Susan Stader, Founder and Executive Director

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016!!  I always love to greet a new year. It feels like a fresh start; full of new beginnings, new opportunities, a time to mend fences through forgiveness and reconciliation, a time to change for the better. I often say to our residents that recovery is an "inside-out" job and not "outside-in"; simply meaning that you have to begin with the inside if you really want to create change. Not only is this true for our residents, but for their friends and families as well.

2016 is a special year for Next Step Recovery. As you can see by the logo above, we are celebrating 10 years in business! Keep an eye out on our website , Facebook page , and here in our newsletter for special anniversary event announcements throughout the year. Know someone who would be interested in our special events? to them so they can keep updated on what's happening.

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season and you are looking forward to the fresh start this New Year brings.

Susan Stader
Susan Stader, MS, LPC, LCAS

Be a Part of Our Story
A collection of homespun stories benefits Next Step Recovery
Listening to the Grass Grow
For more than 20 years, Harry "Cuz" Bagley wrote a popular newspaper column about his unique experiences growing up in Western North Carolina's mountains.

You can receive a signed copy of this published collection as a special "thank you" for your donation to Next Step Recovery. The suggested donation is $25, but any amount is appreciated.
Next Step Staff Spotlight: John Libby
This month John Libby, House Manager and Case Manager at Next Step Recovery, tells us his story in his own words.
John Libby
Well, my recovery seems to have been life long. Before touching a drug I always felt more comfortable living through my imagination. Fantasy is where my head was, even while sitting in a 5th grade classroom. I always felt anxiety and uncomfortable. When I was sixteen years old, my father died and I began drinking every day. When I was 20 years old my younger brother died and I began using opiates every day. Subsequently, I added more and more to my everyday use until it was anything that happened to be around at the time. Mom did not sleep much for twenty years, to say the least. She was haunted by the ring of the phone.

After many trips to detox and a few halfway houses, I recognized the unmanageability of my chaotic 36-year life. A very close friend overdosed and a few days later I helped carry his casket. His mother could not walk down the aisle without help. His casket was light as a feather. These things struck me heavily and I will never see the world in the same way again.

A month later I was in Asheville living at Next Step Recovery. It was one of those perfect fits at the perfect time. I came and immediately got involved. I made a dozen AA/NA meetings a week. I took suggestions from healthy-minded people. In the past it had been very difficult for me to admit I needed help, but after accepting reality there was no choice but to give myself over to the process.   

The Next Step Recovery staff, residents that came before me, and residents that come after me are now family. NSR had the foresight to see I may be staying for good and so they offered me employment. It has been a privilege and honor to learn from the knowledgeable staff and help people just like me get back into society. 

Spiritual principles now guide me as long as I stay out of the way. I am happy today with who I am and excited about every step I take. Mom slept well last night and the choices I make today will guarantee her sleep tonight. Once you accept there are no more excuses, you will begin to grow. As the last sentence of the AA Big Book says: "May God bless you and keep you -- until then". It's never too soon or too late.

2015 Holiday Giving Tree
Thank You for Your Generosity!

We asked for donations for Christmas, and you did not disappoint. Thank so much to all who sent donations of money and gifts! As you can see in the picture to the right, our Giving Tree runneth over with all the cards sent to us. Our cupboards and our hearts are full.
NEXT STEP RECOVERY, INC  is a recovery house for young males 18 years of age or older who are recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.